A Thracian bard mentioned by Homer (Iliad, ii. 595). He challenged the Muses to a trial of skill, and, being overcome in the contest, was deprived by them of his sight and power of song. He is represented with a broken lyre in his hand.
Blind Thamyris and blind Maeonides [Eomer], And Tiresias and Phineus, prophets old.
“Tiresias” pronounce Ti'-re-sas, “Phineus” pronounce Finuce.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894